Andrea Bocelli to perform at Queen’s Platinum Jubilee alongside Alicia Keys, Sir Elton John and more
It’s official: Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s oldest monarch. She is celebrating 70 years on the throne of England, and the celebration is one that everyone, regardless of nationality, tunes into. Including the music industry.
From June 2-5, Queen Elizabeth celebrations will follow and the Platinum Party concert at the Palace will see a star-studded lineup of artists paying tribute to the monarch. Alicia Keys, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Craig David, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Elbow, Sir Elton John, Hans Zimmer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nile Rodgers, Queen + Adam Lambert, Sir Rod Stewart and more will perform at the Jubilee concert. Renowned operatic tenor and instrumentalist Andrea Bocelli also performs.
“I consider it an immense privilege to be among the guests on stage at Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert and to be able to offer my contribution to the soundtrack of such an extraordinary and historic event,” Bocelli said in a statement.
The illustrious concert will last an impressive two and a half hours with over 30 artists contributing to the musical event. The Jubilee will air on ABC News in the US and on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 2 in the UK
Bocelli also sang at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration six years ago on April 21. (The Queen is still standing and at 96.) And not to count, but Bocelli has also played for four Presidents of the United States. states, three popes, the royal family and several prime ministers.
Regarding the Queen, however, Bocelli said: “With renewed emotion, having had the honor of celebrating the Queen’s ninetieth birthday, I am about to sing again before Her Majesty and the royal family, in the hope of expressing with dignity – through the universal language of music – my admiration for an equally universal character: one of the most remarkable figures of recent times, deeply linked to the history of our continent and beyond.
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